In March as winter sunsets, we always head to a nearby beach on Long Island Sound. It’s the kind of beach day that urges you to bring warm coats to break the cool wind. As we walk over the dunes and see the crest of the waves beyond, we can smell the sea air. As the kids stroll onto the jetty, the sky behind them is lit up by a colorful March sky. This month’s night sky is full of wonders, including the winter solstice which we can’t wait to gaze at through our telescope.
The warmth of the sun comforts us, it’s been a long winter here in Connecticut. The beach plums are brimming with buds, waiting to show their blossoms. The occasional insect peaks out as we hike around the boardwalk. As we pass an occasional reminder of New England storm damage, the area is still beautiful and we are grateful that we have this close by.
My daughter is home from college on a break and our seven-year-old son is thrilled to spend time with her. He beckons her to come fly a kite with her. With a colorful kite tail twirling behind him, he squeals with delight. Suddenly I know all is well.
Our footprints show a clear path to who we have become. We took every step and learned along the way. No regrets…. as we would not be the unique and special people we are without each step. Leave great footprints behind for others to follow. A few days ago, I went snowshoeing on a beautiful sunny winter day. As I was stepping through the crust of the crispy snow, it felt like I had no clear path that day. Yet when I turned around to look at my footprints, I noticed that I had been walking a straight path. This reminds me of life. Each step we take leads us to our future. It is important to realize that others, especially our children may follow us. Lead with your path, one step at a time remembering who will follow.
During the recent storm, Sandy, people relied more on social media than in the past. In fact, you could say it was a lifeline for many. Social media is not new to storm or disaster management but I noticed a few additional services available this time. For example, Comcast and other service providers were able to sign people up for alerts early before the storm began. That way during the storm they would receive alerts from these companies telling them when their power might be back instead of us having to call them. Hospitals sent out alerts telling people if they were open, storm news was easy to get as well so people were alerted quickly about new problems in their area. I could easily text a list of people telling them everything was ok here in my case so I did not have to call them all. Some people did not prepare or take advantage of these alerts. These could have saved some lives so perhaps we will continue to see people understand the benefits of social media during a storm and get some technology in place to connect to it easily.
Last week’s storm was also one of the largest promotions for some new new media like Instagram. 800,000 photos were uploaded during the storm making it the company’s biggest moment. It’s amazing how something so sad can also boost a growing media company to fame. You can read more about the topics in this blog at: